CHICAGO — Dr. Rick L. James, chairman of Metal Technologies Inc. and chairman of the
Trine University board of trustees, was presented the E.J. Walsh Award by the Foundry
Educational Foundation (FEF) at its annual College Industry Conference, held Nov.
17-18 at the Westin Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.
James, past president of the organization, was presented the award, the highest honor
given by the FEF, in recognition of his years of service. Established in 1981 to honor
Edward J. Walsh for his 33 years of service as the FEF’s second executive director,
the award honors outstanding service to the goals and ideals of the organization.
During the luncheon, James encouraged the students in attendance to take opportunities,
but always give back as well.
“Being a philanthropist is just as important to me and my wife as my career and family
are,” he said.
Two Trine University students also received scholarships during the conference’s annual
awards luncheon. Devin Wolf, a senior design engineering technology major from LaOtto,
was awarded the Thomas Begel Scholarship and Emily Dunn, a senior mechanical engineering
major from Doylestown, Ohio, received the Loper Award.
The Thomas Begel Scholarship honors Thomas Begel, the founder of TMB Industries. The
Loper Award honors Dr. Carl R. Loper Jr., who served as an FEF Key Professor at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison for more than 30 years.
The conference was attended by more than 300 industry executives, key professors,
student delegates and FEF supporters.
Rick James, a 1977 business administration graduate from Tri-State University, now
Trine, serves as chairman for Metal Technologies Inc. (MTI), a company he co-founded.
MTI employs 1,127 individuals. He has served on the board of directors for the Foundry
Educational Foundation, which provides scholarship support to promising individuals
who desire to enter the foundry industry, and has been named to the Board of Directors
of the American Foundry Association.
Rick and his wife, Dr. Vicki L. James, have financially supported many efforts across
Trine’s University Center was named in honor of Rick and Vicki James in May 2012.
They provide annual support to the Trine Fund and have financially supported The Metal
Technologies Inc. Health and Fitness Center in Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium, a stadium
suite in the Athletic Stadium and a flagpole near the football field, an additional
house for use by Campus Christian House, the Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation
and Biomedical Engineering, the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts, the Ford Hall
renovation, Reiners Residence Hall, the expansion of Best Hall, and creation of the
Books and Beyond Scholarship. They also led the way with a major gift for the recently
announced Thunder Ice Arena and MTI Center.
FEF was established in 1947 by the leaders of the metal casting industry, with the
support of affiliated organizations and societies as an independent extension of metal
casting educational programs at colleges and universities across the country. The
organization’s mission is to strengthen the metal casting industry by supporting unique
partnerships among students, educators and industry, helping today’s students become